Friday, January 31, 2020

Watching Terminator: Dark Fate, I found it a rather nice retake on Terminator.

While Gensys was pretty entertaining, and the alternate version of Sarah and “Pops” was pretty damned fun for me: Dark Fate is a little more terminator, less popcorn. The beginning is a tad rough, but quickly leads to what we’d expect.

It’s hard to decide what I like best about Carl’s reintroduction though. That he ends up a drapery expert, or the Texas comment about his armory. The bit between Sarah and Carl, is really a positive aside to the whole cyborg / guardian battle. It’s far more a win than a distraction.

Legion’s future also seems more plausible to me, with the more stab happy Rev-7s, and the Rev-9 being far more plausible than the T-1000. And that it probably wasn’t SkyNet that created it, lol.

One of the problems I’ve long found with the SkyNet timeline, is the lack of sense it’s usually made. If we presume that SkyNet was so screwed by the time the T-800/Model 101 and T-1000 were sent back, it becomes even more plausible that SkyNet would play the most obvious card: once you’ve invented time displacement, go back and provide yourself with the necessary files to not be so screwed, develop a head start, and send back oodles of terminators. Because if we accept the linear influences, that becomes the logical course of action: not just sending two minions back in time and hoping at least one would be successful.

Actually, that let’s send back oodles of terminators is one of the things I like about The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Because why send one, when you have time on your side? Likewise, I think Legion makes a better follow up than Rise of the Machines and Gensys did, in the sense that if you buy into their model of time travel, and that Judgement Day would be inevitable despite taking out Cyberdyne, why would it always have to take the same form of SkyNet? Same shit, different timeline.
Several times now in my life, people have found it curious when I’ve taken an easy going or kind attitude rather than being angry, or fuming about things. I too, sometimes find this curious.

Growing up, I can remember people’s anger reaching the point of destroying a room, leaving it trashed. One of my fond childhood memories includes a door being torn apart. My own realization as a youngster about needing to control my temper, left a hole in a closet door in the realizing.

It’s fair to say that I am the descendant of people known to have hot tempers, as well as for stubbornness. I certainly have both attributes, I just tend to manifest them differently. For one thing, I try to direct my anger where it is deserved, or warranted. Because I remember what people radiating anger can do. I also try to remember my grandfather’s outlook: try to be like a duck, and let it roll off your back. Ironically, he also had stomach ulcers.
When I cook, typically I keep in mind the expense, and the servings in mind. But for cornbread, I find that rather difficult to estimate, aside from low cost.

Most of the ingredients in my cornbread recipe aren’t things That I use often. Cornmeal and flour are cheap, and I don’t really bake that much. Stuff like a box of baking soda, pretty much lasts forever. The only transient ingredients are the milk, and buttermilk. Not caring much for the taste of supermarket buttermilk, it’s only real use around here are things like cornbread and biscuits.

By contrast: figuring out the servings from a pone of cornbread is straight forward, and only thwarded by my habit of snacking on the stuff incessantly between meals.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The things you end up finding, when you’re watching Iron Man, and notice the weird ass computer in Stark’s office has Dell markings on it.
My delicious plan for chili and cornbread has been realized, and I have enough cornbread to enjoy for a while 😆.

Willow’s response was not as intense as when they got their own meat and gravy based treats, but she still wanted my plate.

Actually, it’s kind of sad that the camera missed the tongue licking the edge of the plate, lol.
One of the things that I think people mocking tablets, often forget is how revolutionary desktops were once upon a time.

In its context: the IBM PC and many of its close relatives were not powerful computers by any means, yet they helped change the world. The 5150 was no where near as capable as expensive time sharing systems, but it was cheap, and it was good enough.

For under ten grand you could get a pretty nice setup, and for a few grand you could get something worth using. Most early PCs ran an operating system that was a simplistic piece of crap, compared to what you would expect to find on computers costing tens of thousands, but it was enough for getting things done. Combined with the very anti-IBM approach of openness and third party support it caught on, and exploded—effectively wiping out competition from previous attempts to build an affordable ‘Good enough’, and eventually becoming more ubiquitous than the more capable machines that came before.

Remind you of the rise of Android and iOS any? In many ways the extent, and methods that exploded Android into the dominate phone OS, and a major player in tablets, reminds me a lot of how we went from computers that were too expensive to be personal, and reached a point where literally everyone can have their own computers.

You know, that kind of makes me feel more positive at Microsoft’s efforts with Metro and UWP, lol.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Random neurons firing

My habit of preferring the wall-facing side of the bed, and leaving the open side to the comfy dogs, remind me that I never tended to write much in bed.

Trying to update handwritten notes: the net result is not having enough room to starboard to move my arm: which impacts my legibility. I.e. having to micro-manage my finger muscles, both results in crappier writing and a more exhausting experience. Which also means my tablet will have a harder time converting my writings to more useful typed text.

This kind of got me thinking: about the days I used to keep physical notebooks and binders as my modus operandi rather than computers and things. And you know what the norm was back then? Typically, I’d be found on a step stool, in front of a tall dresser, because that was the only large work surface other than the floor. Plus that dresser was in my closet, owing to the lack of space we had, and offered easy access to additional storage.

By the time I really tended to update notes from bed, I had already reached the point of sleeping draped over a laptop and vaguely wondering how the screen stayed attached, lol.

Lenovo's laptops from the future

While I'm not a big fan of ThinkPad, I would like to see more devices like these :).

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Behind the Scenes: Building a Better Foundation for Evernote in the Cloud

Kind of love the analogy using a table at a wedding reception.

I also appreciate that Ian Small's part in these videos, tend to help keep them accessible to normal people and still punctuates them with good questions nerds like me, would like to hear more about.

Actually a much better than normal article, in terms of the tablet as a laptop replacement crowd goes.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Things I should probably find alarming: when I start going to bed even before the dogs declare it to be bed time.

Either that, or that I'm becoming Ned Flanders.
The iPad at 10: A New Product Category Defined by Apps

As someone that’s come to rely on tablets heavily, despite avoiding the fruit company for much of the past decade, I kind of like the notion of tablets as a middle category—because that’s where most people’s computing lands.

A long time ago, I preferred laptops to desktops for the portability. Today, I don’t really believe in desktops so much for two main reasons: laptops aren’t as underpowered as they used to be, and rack mounted servers pwn most towers if you’re really going for raw compute power.

Tablets kind of answer the ability to do most of what regular people do with their computer. But aren’t so tied to the concept of a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and tower; laptops both suffer and benefit from rubbing the same software. And tablets would mostly suck for running the same software as desktops, far more than it would from adding a mouse and monitor to today’s tablets.

For better or worse: software often defines are interactions with devices. Think otherwise? Try using Windows 95 without a mouse or keyboard 🤣

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Someone, please tell me this lifestyle is a reincarnation option?

Something to look forward to in the Fall

Season 2 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime to Air in Fall 2020

I was expecting it would be more like summer, but I'm just glad there will be a second season. Actually, I think Log Horizon is due a third season as well....mmm.
Think it was time for a new pocket comb?

As far as I can recall, my family hadn't bought any since the mid 1980s or the late 1970s, or something like that. It's been too many decades to remember well where hand me down combs come from 8-). But needless to say, it was time.

Over the last year most of the teeth wore out, and it's been increasingly difficult to clean without expediting the process. For something like $3.25, I can't complain about the replacement as long as its endurance is measured in months or years, and not at all if it's measured in decades, lol.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Somehow I find it just a bit sad there’s no dab of ricotta in the center of this, lol

I usually aim to put the meatballs to one side, and after placing the garlic bread, I kind of went “Hmm”, and then went to go eat, lol.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Strange an unusual things:

When hostname.domain gets assigned to prefix.someotherip, yet hostname has prefix.manuallyassigned. Or should we say that Cream had its expected address but my router server decided another, unused address was to be resolved to its name.

On the flipside, forcefully renewing the network connection and everybody is happy again. *Shrugs*

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

When Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles originally aired, I didn't even learn of its existence until some years later. So, I pretty much missed the entire thing. Finding that Amazon's streaming stuff has it on IMDb with ads, I'm finding it well worth the wait.

It's also a bit refreshing, given how the films have evolved.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Buggy behavior observed:

  1. Apple keyboard stopped inserting characters into Safari.
  2. Can't move Apple keyboard in floating mode, had to restart Safari.
  3. For a while, Safari wouldn't drag from dock in order to go split screen.
  4. Split screened Safari and Google News - G.N. would no longer accept input events until I stopped split screen.
  5. Lockscreen in portrait mode, but iPad in landscape mode, until unlocking.

And that's just since getting home from work. Notably most of these revolve around operating system components, text input, and multitasking: the keyboard, the browser, and an application that embeds the browser.

I guess it's time to rebootenze the fruity device, again.

Personally, I’ve had little care for most Chrome apps other than the SSH client. Browser windows and tabs were the norm for my interaction prior to Android support. Most that I’ve installed on my Chromebooks were more about having a shortcut in the dock or a dedicated window than anything else really app like.

I look at the end of native client stuff with a small amount of sadness, since it was an intriguing idea. But today, you’d probably be screwing with Web Assembly or whoever passes for that since I last looked in on the subject.

But then again in kind of weird. I don’t consider Javascript a good idea unless it’s legible Javascript rather than pimpy faced fad of the month Javascript. And likewise, I prefer application development for platforms like Android and conventional Linux to slamming everything down the browser hole.
Microsoft is updating one of Windows 10’s oldest apps – but you won’t like the change

When you consider that Office is one of Microsoft’s big money makers for client side, and the main competition in browser space is an advertising company (Google), I’m not inclined to hold it against them very much. You can always install Libre Office or  Abiword if you really want free.

Rather: I’m just glad that Notepad gained support for Unix style end line markers. Most use I’ve had for Word Pad since the fall of 32-bit Windows has been to view text files that aren’t in DOS format, on machines that aren’t mine, or are in the process of setup. Prior to 64-bit Windows becoming the norm for NT based systems, I’d usually use for that purpose: but support for 16-bit DOS applications aren’t included in Windows x64.
While my reason for going shopping tonight was driven by needing denture tickets, I think buying some lettuce, priced to move mushrooms, and dinner onions, was a good plan.

Leftover pintos, and croutons that have been in need of a salad, also round the salad. I’ve also been slobbered by two of three dogs, after giving them their snacks for the night.
Things that remind me 16 GB of RAM isn’t enough for anything: when opening a nearly 1 gigabyte file in perf report, both takes forever and consumes ~92.5% of memory according to htop.

And somewhere along the way it exits with a message about being killed, and a toast pops up about my WiFi disconnecting. I’m sure the kernel OOM killer had a lot of fun.

Monday, January 20, 2020

In some ways: it's kind of fascinating how far our species has come, and how depressing how far we may have yet to go.

Dealing with Misty's blister problem has made me think increasingly often about a scene from Star Trek 4: where Bones meets a patient waiting for kidney dialysis, and wonders if this is the dark ages--because it kind of is. And then they proceed to go rescue Chekov from having holes drilled in his skull by a crack team of '80s brain surgeons.

We live in a world where science and reason has come a long way: yet much of our medical technology hasn't evolved as significantly as our practical knowledge of medicine. We understand better how and why things work, but our influence is often limited.

In science fiction, such as aboard star ships named Enterprise: we see a world where what is broken can be repaired. Fixing broken bones is easier than welding metal. Bandaids and sutures replaced by repairing tissue and arteries. Tools that our chemists and biologists could only dream of for understanding the world around us.

Yet we live in a world where our only options are essentially medieval, compared to our dreams. We have to suture and staple people back together, because this is often the best our technology can do.

Hell, can you even imagine how much the equipment for an MRI costs, or how much it weighs, or how much our technology had to evolve to make that possible? From a pure technology standpoint such equipment is a miracle, a magical marvel. One we've only just begun.

I feel in many ways, we're benefiting from the rise of science, and the ease at sharing collective knowledge. Our doctors know a lot more than in centuries past, and that's a good thing. But the technology we've managed to develop for them? It's far slower to evolve: tools and technologies take lifetimes to evolve.

On the other hand, in some ways the world we live in has been travelling like a rocket ship as marvelous technology is stacked upon marvelous technology, and knew knowledge refines our perceptions of the possible. When my grandparents were young, the concept of a transistor exceeded what we could construct. When my own parents were young, a long road made such things possible. As I sit here typing this, I can't even fathom how many transistors were involved in making this journal entry. By the time I die, perhaps to a younger generation: the microchips of my computer will look like the capacitors and tubes in my great grandparents radio do to me.

It's like, we managed to shoot man to the moon in a tin can using sticks and stones, compared to what our electronics have become since. Much as Apollo, surely would have been to Jules Verne, a lot of cool shit has happened since man took to the stars . But in many ways, our technology is still very primitive to what we can imagine.

Wouldn't it be damned awesome, if we lived in a world where people created technologies that help man kind, far more than we spend writing buggy assed software? At least nerds can dream. Hmm, I wonder if androids would dream....

Gotta admit, about the only time I’d want notifications are from web pages like email and calendaring—and even then, I’m generally against anything that’s going to stab me in the attention cortex that’s less important than device about to depower or explode to bits.
Alexander Hamilton dispensed of Trump's impeachment defense in 1788

While I don’t tend to post about politics, nor care much for the hooferalls that often follow, I admit that this was an intriguing read. Far better than I had expected, lol.
The one thing about Martin Luther King Jr.'s greatness everyone keeps missing

If such a thing could be true of most people’s skills as a listener, it might be a better world overall.

Calling King a great listener isn't the typical praise that people shower on him as the country celebrates the holiday in his honor. Instead, commentators invoke images of King as a solitary hero behind a podium, delivering speech after speech that changed history.

Things I find oddly amusing

Things I find oddly amusing: thought I’d give defrosting the fish in the bag a go, ‘cuz why not?

Shortly after turning on the water works, the bag made like Yosemite Sam after a shootout.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Next U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to be named after African American Pearl Harbor hero

That is pretty damn cool. Didn’t think we would see a carrier not named after a president, shy of experiencing another conflict on the scale of the war in the Pacific.

Thoughts on Xbox Game Pass and SteamLink

One of the perks of Steam, is the ease of continuing from anywhere.

Most games on Steam with more than ten cents worth of effort, support cloud saves. Most that don't tend to be very old, or games that shouldn't. Which makes it pretty easy to continue from another machine, or even the same machine from some future reinstall of the game. Many games on Xbox also support cloud saves, and it's usually less famous titles that lack them, like indie titles.

At least when you've got a solid graphics card, and aren't struggling to run the game to begin with, Steam's in home streaming actually works great. So transitioning from /dev/desk to /dev/couch is more to do with input devices.

Microsoft's Game Pass is pretty sweet, and ultimate makes sense if you were already paying for Live. But the trade off I think is the portability.

When I play a game on Steam: principally, I give little mind to whether I'm playing from my couch or in front of my computer. The decision is typically driven by how much precision mouse/keyboard work is required. The only game that's been otherwise is Final Fantasy 15, as my CPU struggles to run it locally, unlike 99% of my other Steam games.

When I play a game on Game Pass, principally my thought is "Do I want to play at my xbox?".

As much as I applaud Microsoft's record and stream tech, I really love that they made it available, the truth is that I find the stream quality from my Xbox to my desktop to be inferior to my 780 GTX to my SteamLink over the same network and locations. There's more visual glitches and even set for quality, the encoder can't best the encoder on my nVidia card.

What would really make the PC side of that coin mean something, is if it were possible to share the same saves between my desktop and my Xbox. I.e. the decision would be like open Outer Worlds on my desktop, and continue from the same save I made on my Xbox. I'd call that a win.

By contrast the decision works out that I started playing on my Xbox, and need to stream to my PC if I want to play at my desk. Which means a loss of image quality, and the occasional wtf/freeze/lag; on the flipside Outer Worlds seems to do that less often than Halo 5 when I stream.

Likewise, I don't think Microsoft offers the inverse. I.e. that I could stream my desktop to my Xbox, if I had started with the PC, I'd not be able to stream to my Xbox. Although it might be possible to horse wrangle something with my SteamLink. By contrast, Steam's streamy goodness is basically from anything to anything, especially when you account for needing a Direct3D PC for most games anyhow.

Thus, I am finding that Game Pass is very worth it for the Xbox side of the catalog. On PC, it's more like a "Meh", because the only benefit I'm really seeing there is good odds of playing on desktop with a mouse, a game I wouldn't want to play on console with a controller. To be fair though, my decision was based on the cost comparison of Game Pass + Live versus Game Pass Ultimate; that is to say on the dollars required.

Beyond the lack of PC <-> Xbox crossover, I'm finding Game Pass to be very worth it. For a while, I've actually considered dropping my Live subscription because Games with Gold doesn't bring that many games of interest down the pike, versus how little multiplayer I tend to do on Xbox. Where as Game Pass delivers the content, and probably curtails much of the need to buy games outright.

I'm also pretty sure that if Valve offered something like Game Pass on Steam, I'd probably hand Gabe Newell my checkbook and be done with it, lol.

Friday, January 17, 2020

You know, if I was really smart: I’d be at least half as comfy as these three goonie birds with fur.

Upsides of Friday: being able to have a cup of coffee at 2000, and not feel guilty.
Downsides of Friday: being ready to snore loudly by 2200, despite coffee.

On a mostly positive side, having had pretty daily visits to the vet thanks to blistering, Misty's next appointment is Monday. For what will probably be a very trying day for all of us. But for her, I expect it's been least fun.

Also on the positive side, the side with the blisters, aside, she's been doing pretty well from her dental surgery.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

So far I’ve been using an ESR for iPad Pro 11 Case with a surprising level of success. When I ordered it back in October, I found several similar ones, which likely means same thing from the same place with the branding of whoever is paying for the batch, lol.

Generally, I’ve tended to keep my devices naked. Tablets are already too damned hefty for my tastes, and most generic cases add considerable weight. First party ones tend to be ridiculously expensive, and likely due to litigation happy Apple, somewhat hamstrung into sucking.

Pretty much I wanted to solve two problems:

  1. Better protection at work, and some screen protection while its in my work bag.
  2. Be nice for writing position on my desk.
Most of the generic cases I’ve had for my Android tablets, failed because they’re too heavy once you make the generic adaptive frame and affix the cover. Most first party cases, traded cost for weight by using lighter plastics but suffered the same problem. It’s just the first party result was more like sewing pads together than a one piece plastic mold.

As someone who takes care of their overpriced electronics, my interested in cases tend to be less about drop protection and more about utility. If you’re going to toss a tablet out the back of a truck, or have risk of it being pierced by something dropped on the screen, by all means: get a highly protective case. I’d even recommend Otterbox for that.

But for me the protection factor is more like having my laptop and tablet in the same section of my bag, or my tablet laying on a work bench where things may get shuffled around a bit: but even a scratch or crack is like more a worse case scenario. I’ve only managed one damaged screen despite having used tablets since Honeycomb.

The trick that’s made this case sick are really down to the design. It’s magnetic connection allows it to be a very thin, lightweight case rather than one that tries to prevent catastrophe. Plus or makes our very easy to remove without scuffing or stressing the device, so when I want to use my iPad without the case: that’s so easy, I don’t worry.

Throw in how useful it is to have a kick stands like function along with the basic screen protection, and I’ve ended up sticking with it. By contrast, I don’t think I’ve ever managed to get more than a few weeks before discarding other cases I’ve had for past tablets.

The catch, I think has less to do with the cost of integrating sufficient magnets: and more to do with Apple’s inclination to sue the pants off other tablet vendors if they made the same style of folio case. Or least that’s been my feeling since Samsung almost nailed this problem with the Tab S2, but fell shy due to weight and using metal “Snaps” instead of magnets for attaching the case to the tablet. But that’s probably cheaper than dealing with their legal department, never mind actual circle jerking over the idea.

A notable side effect is for generic cheap ass cases like this, for most tablets you’re stuck adapting some kind of plastic frame or similar system. In the case of modern iPads, the magnet thing seems suitably generic amongst iPads at this point.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Since my mother learned the recipe in high school, my family has enjoyed the potato chip based tuna casserole. Left to my own devices, I sill make it pretty often.

Coincidentally, Willow really likes fish. Not so much that humans get dibs on the people food.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Things I can blame on ninja: finally seeing what graphviz / dot files look like, in their textual form. Which is really neat! If you wanna generate a graph from a program, definitely look at graphviz and its various tools like dot.

Things I can blame on programmers: when "ninja -t graph | dot -Tpng -ograph.png" gives me a 50meg file that is over 18,000 x 32,000 pixels. Which is due to the size and complexity of the code base.

On a positive side, my part of the job was mainly getting it to build in a non broken way. Not writing software several times the size of Jurassic Park.

Monday, January 6, 2020

A reminder from a friend, who also grew up in Florida, lol.
Me: “Can I tickle you?”
Tickles Willow’s sides.Willow: “No you may not!”

I’m not sure this says more about how often the dogs get tricked, out how often I usually reserve the option instead of phrasing it that way. Lolololol!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

On one hand: I try to respect how much care seems to have gone into Steam’s controller. Whether it was an internal Valve team or an external, some real TLC was put into its design.

On the other hand: trying to use it makes me feel like I’ve had a frontal lobotomy, and don’t really feel like my brain cells can ever adjust to it versus a normal controller. Where normal is probably anything in the vein of a PlayStation or Xbox (modern) or Super Nintendo or Genesis (classic) controller.

Yeah, I think it’s going to end up in /dev/closet. Unless someday they’re worth something on eBay.
The point at which even I stop playing: crashes of no continue.

When I originally tried playing Deadly Premonition, I stopped because it was impossible to get out of the hospital without crashing.

Revisiting the game with the current brew of fixes posted in Steam Guides, I found that less of a pickle. So much as it seems the game fires off an exit after x time, almost as if it keeps leaking resources or something. Faster while driving and mapping than wondering around the shadow world.

And then, I save at the community center, go walk the dog, come back, and find the game silently crashes to desktop the moment it is done loading my save file :'(.

This reminds me that the '360 version is like $15 in the used game bin. I'd like to hope the backwards compatibility and old release, suck less than the PC port that was pushed to Steam and GOG.

Thoughts over cornbread prep

Psuedo-Random passing thoughts from mixing cornbread batter:

When you've got the cornmeal, flour, eggs, etc right there; or as close as a supermarket, making cornbread is really low effort. Like really, the biggest effort is to get the stuff out and ready before you start mixing. It also helps if you remember to start preheating the oven and the skillet before getting all the stuff ready.

Now if you had to grind your own corn, churn your own butter, or deal with your own chickens, and so on: maybe not so much.

The closest most people in the first world will likely ever experience to that is playing games like Minecraft.

Hmm, I wonder what our ancestors who lived off farms and mills, would think of Minecraft. Would they think it absurd given how much of that hunter-gathering-building their society was, or be equally addicted as us squishy happy go lucky descendants from the age of the supermarket be?

Yeah, I'm not inventing a time machine to find out.

REVIEW: Violet Evergarden Spinoff Film Carries on Kyoto Animation's Legacy Beautifully

After reading this, and the more recent blub about the Chinese theatrical release, my main wonder is when the heck will it come to Netflix. Violet Evergarden is one of the best anime series I've seen come around in the past decade, and this sounds like a worthwhile addition. Actually, I'd consider dragging my ass to a theater if it played in the area.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Human: “Donut!”
Dogs: “Give me!”

It goes without saying, how this exchange worked out. Omnimnom!

Friday, January 3, 2020

Given the difference between how willing Misty is taking her pain tablet, versus the dropper of antibotics, I can only assume the key is flavor. Surely someone making medicines for dogs will have figured out a way to make the taste non-horribad.

Much like how the Flintstone's vitamins my mother gave me as a young child, had a taste much closer to candy than shoe leather.

Which is also kind of a relief. I remember Coco, when she was alive, was a nightmare to give a pill. For a while she had been on a med, and we quickly came to the conclusion that if there was a way for her to spit it out twenty minutes later, she would, so you basically had to pry her jaws open and shove it down her throat. By contrast getting Misty to take her pain med, a little pressure towards the tongue and she crunches it almost like a treat.

I'm also left wondering if dogs have less pain reception in their mouths, or if I'm just more easily disturbed. Misty's definitely recovering better than I did, from a similar bout of dental fun times nearly a decade ago.

It’s probably sad that I like this idea. Can’t say that I care much for Think Pad laptops, but a good track point and a decent keyboard are nice to have.

Progress, probably

Passing thought on browsing the World Wide Web:

In the ‘90s my greatest bane was pop up ads and file transfers.

In the ‘00s my greatest bane was browser plugins and crashes.

In the ‘10s my greatest bane was cookie notices and on boarding.

As the ‘20s begin, I would like to think this is progress as far as getting pissed off at surfing the web goes. It’s abnormal to have to close a half dozen (or over a dozen) windows when leaving a website, and file transfers tend to complete instead of hoping no one messes with the phone line. Browsers rarely crash, and plugins from hell are mostly a relic today. But pretty much every freaking website puts up a hey pal, we’ve gotta mention these cookies notice, and far too many put up a near full screen pop up asking you to sign up for something.

I honestly have no idea why Don’t Copy That Floppy just started playing in my head.
A Decade of iPad

Personally, I think that netbooks worked out far better than anyone should have expected; and I feel that the rise of the iPad and Chromebook is due to realizing that you don’t need to make a netbook that is a piece of crap. Nor do you necessarily need to spend several grand of laptop just to update Twitter.

Tablets are a remarkable option that is mostly hamstrung by software and accessories. As a docked machine, it’s just a matter of software. My iPad Pro runs circles around my aging Core i5, but docking an iPad doesn’t change the software into a Windows desktop, nor should it.

I find that tablets tend to serve best when you are doing general computery things rather than highly focused tasks. If you’re a heavy user of keys other than alphanumerical, such as modifier based keyboard shortcuts then you’re not going to like typing on tablets. The more efficient you must be at manipulating text: the more you will require a full sized physical keyboard, regardless of your device’s form factor. Likewise if you need pixel precise interaction, you’re probably going to make a middle finger gesture if anyone tries to replace your mouse or track ball with a touchscreen, lol.

In many cases, throwing a keyboard and mouse, or even an external monitor works far better with tablet or phone like software than desktop like software. Don’t believe me? Try using Windows 95 with only your fingers, and then try using your phone with only a keyboard and mouse.

The whole windows desktop paradigm and software designed around a desktop PC does not adapt to a tablet as well as it did to notebooks. But software that doesn’t suck on a tablet, does not necessarily suck on a delete desktop. Software is what you make of it but hardware determines how you physically interact with it.

Most of the negative aspects of my relationship with desktop oriented software is mired in antiquity. I’m sure we would all have done things differently if you landed an Intrepid class star ship on earth in the 1960s than if you tried to grow CP/M into NT, and a host of other histories.

Most of the negative aspects of my relationship with tablet oriented software is mired in quality. I’m sure bug free software does not exist, and will never be the result of Google or Apple, lol. Typically my groan at my iPad is the buggy operating system, much as with Android my problem tends to be Google’s additional  software.

Convenience in race conditions: when the power blips in and out, after you save the game--not before.

On the flip side, most serious file system's developed since circa 2000 tend to handle "Opps, power pull" pretty well, or had already grown things like journaling support by the end of the '90s.

Which is why I expect my game save to actually load instead of shouting crap, crap, crashola.
Somedays, I feel inclined to ride, boldy ride in search of El Dorado and get things done.
Somedays, I feel inclined as much as a sea slug feels to get up and dance the the hula on the beach.

Today is definitely one of the latter.

  1. Misty's feeling better, now that the knock out juice is out of her system.
  2. Willow's sleepy, and not complaining about rained out walks.
  1. I'm pretty sure I could fall asleep right here.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Chrome OS has stalled out

Personally, I’ve come to have mixed feelings about Chromebooks but that mostly owes to a mixture of my own tastes and Google’s performance.

Pretty much if you’re happy to live in a full screen browser session, or can’t remember the last time you dragged anything other than a browser window around—Chrome OS is for you, and the appliance factor is a win. Just buy a better model with a better processor than average.

By contrast I’d like me, your interest is largely in an Android powered laptop: you will be disappointed or suffer the same slings and arrows that iOS users do. That is to say things work pretty well but you must avert your eyes from the problems more often than you should have to.

Android actually works pretty well with a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. I’ve done that a crap fuck ton since Honeycomb. Chromebooks offer an easier path to the docked experience, and a tremendously easier path to a laptop style form factor.

But by in large Android on my Chromebook has been far more buggy and glitchy than any Android tablet that I’ve ever connected to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard; and I’ve done that to more than a few! The flip side is that the hardware strain of running Android apps tends to be less than heavy, complicated web applications.

So there are times that a cheaper Chromebook running an Android app can be more ideal than throwing the web app at the same hardware, or more appealing than buying a Chromebook that has a Core M or i series processor instead of dinky Celeron and Pentium processors.

Combined with the limited choices for high end Android tablets, not to mention ones with a true hardware stylus, my Android experience on my Chromebook is chunk of why I decided to buy an iPad Pro—because a Chome OS tablet won’t replace my Android tablet the way it could most people’s Windows beater.
Random curiosity, but it looks like more than a few pages about Pathfinder and the Sojourner rover are still online more than twenty years later, and probably last updated in '97 or '98 on average.

Here's a neat one:

Many are also good examples of what the Internet looked like two decades ago :^o.
After dropping Misty off for her dental trip, I raided Kroger to get the shopping done, and opted to pick up some softer soft food than the doggo's usual special treat rations.

They still have a few Wellness CORE packs of meat/gravy "Toppers" from their Christmas presents; our usual stock of Pedigree meat/gravy bits that they get for a post-dinner treat a few nights a week; and now a few large cans of the ground/patte like version of that. In enough quantity that I don't think there should be a problem. I also suspect, that like me: Misty not eating would be more of a question of "Are you still alive / is your jaw still physically attached?" kind of a problem than anything else.

When I had to deal with a bunch of teeth being out: I was stitched together long enough that food was generally painful until getting the stitches out. Hopefully, Misty won't be that troubled.

On the flipside: pulling into Kroger, it was hard to keep my brain from thinking of it as my middle child joining me in the club, having been through a similar process. I'm not sure if that means I am definitely becoming the male/dog version of an old cat lady, or if I've just had too much dental work in my life.

Somehow, I don't think the former idea bothers me as much as the latter. Willow, Misty, and Corky are my local tribemates. Much as Coco and my mother were in their lives. I'd also like to think the little sweet pea loves me more than my credit card company ever will.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

A pup's payback

When Willow was a puppy, she liked to guard her extra treats waiting to see if someone would try to take them; or go running around like mad tossing them around playfully until finally eating them at her leisure.

When Corky was a puppy: she tormented him much like he is doing now. Sitting there, guarding the her treat while he sat there wanting to eat it. Thus when moments like this happen: I think of it as a Corky's revenge. Willow taught Corky well, too well, in fact.

Coincidentally: Misty is the one who tends to sneak in and nab the threat, if Corky leaves instead of eats it, lol.